HIST 388(F) U.S.-Mexican Borderlands (Same as Latina/o Studies 388)*

This course examines the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands both as a culturally coherent region and as one divided by a geopolitical boundary, as well as other social, economic, and cultural borders. A central concern of the class will be to study the cross-border movement of people, ideas, and culture in the creation of this border region. In order to establish historical background, we will begin by addressing encounters among indigenous peoples and Europeans and examine the significance of the Spanish colonial system in the formation of the borderlands. The larger part of the class will focus on the social, cultural, and political development of the border region from nineteenth-century U.S. expansionism to the second Bracero Program during World War II. Though we will concentrate primarily on the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, the class will also draw links with other border zones around the world. We will examine theories of borders and borderlands. Class materials will include secondary readings, primary documents, oral histories, novels, and films. Format: lecture/discussion. Evaluation will be based on class participation, three response papers (1 page), a short midterm essay (5 pages), and a final paper (10-12 pages) and presentation to the class. In this paper, students will examine a borderlands theme of their choice, either from the period covered in class or the more recent past. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 25 (expected 10-15). Groups A and C